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Gettysburg Heritage Center

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Address: 297 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2815 (Formerly American Civil War Museum)
Phone Number: +1 717-334-6245
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

Discover... The Town, The People, Their Stories.

Bordering the Gettysburg...

Discover... The Town, The People, Their Stories.

Bordering the Gettysburg National Military Park battlefield, the Heritage Center is an educational and entertaining museum for families and tour groups of all ages. Learn what the Battle of Gettysburg meant to the people who lived here during the war.

Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the battle. Find out how the people reacted to the invasion of the town - freeze, flee or fight? Hear accounts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in a time when their home was in turmoil.

Located in the lobby of the Gettysburg Heritage Center is one of the largest and extensive gift stores. Offering a wide selection of books, apparel, gifts, collectibles, games & toys, replica weapons and much more! There is something for everyone at the Gettysburg Heritage Center!

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Well presented - different perspective

I was reluctant to visit this museum, having read the bad reviews (although the good reviews outnumbered the bad ones, I am sceptical of good reviews in TripAdvisor). This museum... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Geoff W
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was reluctant to visit this museum, having read the bad reviews (although the good reviews outnumbered the bad ones, I am sceptical of good reviews in TripAdvisor). This museum contained a lot of information and displays of the impact of the battle on the townspeople. Whilst not as comprehensive or vast as the wonderful museum at the Gettysburg Battlefield... More 

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Thank Geoff W
Randolph, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Was the old Wax Museum and that will be missed but this is a great new place with lots of exhibits and fun things to look at and read. Interactive exhibits for the entire family. They still have that great bookstore as well.

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Thank brucedsisler
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice museum with interesting displays that focuses more on the citizens of Gettysburg during the battle. The kids liked the basement simulation that simulated where the residents hid and what they saw during the battle. Good museum with a nice gift shop.

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Thank Kevin N
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

With so much going on in Gettysburg, this is the place to start to get an idea of what you can see. And what you have time for.

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Reamstown PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is nice. Deals with civilian perspective. Some really good interactive elements. Film at end is a highlight. Gift shop is very nice. A great mix of nice items without crappy stuff. Be careful though, I spent $62 on books/video and I had a 10% coupon that they did not credit me with. Didn't realize until I got home.... More 

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Thank SkMillerReamstownPA
Vernon, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This museum showed Gettysburg form the perspective of civilians who lived during the time of the battle. Very interesting, a unique point of view. Definitely experience the cellar, where you have a chance to 'watch' the battle as many civilians did, through a cellar window. Creepy, but very realistic. Also was a video about the war, explaining how troops moved... More 

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Thank Mich S
Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A good little movie, very explanatory about the Gettysburg battles. It helps when you go to tour the battlefields.

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Thank polsson
Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our visit here was wonderful! The staff was great. The Heritage Center offers an IPad that you take in YOUR vehicle as you tour the sites. Loaded with GPS, it gives directions and you can stop, get out and take your time at the Monuments and attractions of the Battlefields. You can see the battles through the iPad. Extraordinarily great... More 

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Thank Kat A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband, myself and our son visited the Gettysburg History museum. The people who run the place are friendly and helpful. They explain what you will be seeing. The museum is both interactive and informative. You learn not only from the soldiers on both sides but, also the people that lived there. You need to visit the area called the... More 

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Thank antiquecollectors
Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this review

David and Mona, Thank you for the great review! We are happy to hear you and your son enjoyed the museum! We tried to create an experience that is suitable for all ages! I'll be sure to share with our staff your kind words. Thank you! Stephanie More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We always stop in. The museum is good but sometimes we just swing in for the gift shop. It's very clean and organized. If you visit Gettysburg often you will know that's not how they all are

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Thank travelingmomofone
Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words! We try to have a diverse store, with a great products! We pride ourselves in keeping it neat and tidy! Thank you for always stopping in - we will see you next trip! Thank you, Stephanie More 

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